Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst Milton Viorst

Judith Viorst was born and raised in New Jersey. She received a B.A. in history from Rutgers University, and in 1981, after six years of study, she graduated from the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute.

Mrs. Viorst is the author of eight collections of poems for adults: The Village Square; It’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life; People and Other Aggravations; How Did I Get to Be Forty  and Other Atrocities; When Did I Stop Being Twenty and Other Injustices;  Forever Fifty and Other Negotiations;  Suddenly Sixty and Other Shocks of Later Life; and I’m Too Young to Be Seventy and Other Delusions. She has also written You’re Officially a Grown-up: The Graduate’s Guide to Freedom, Responsibility, Happiness and Personal Hygiene; a novel, Murdering Mr. Monti; and six nonfiction books: Yes, Married; Love & Guilt & The Meaning of Life, Etc.; Necessary Losses, which was on The New York Times  bestseller list for almost two years; its companion volume, Imperfect Control; Grown-up Marriage; and Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days: An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest Son, His Wife, Their Baby, Their Toddler, and Their Five-Year-Old Came to Live with Us for Three Months. In addition, she wrote a colu


And Two Boys Booed

Judith Viorst, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

On the day of the talent show, a boy is ready to sing his song, and he isn't one bit scared because he has practiced a billion times, plus he's wearing his lucky blue boots and his pants with all...